2019-2020 STUDENT EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM HANDBOOK - Illinois Wesleyan University

 
STUDENT EMPLOYMENT
PROGRAM HANDBOOK

    2019-2020

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FINANCIAL AID OFFICE
   ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

Stephanie Iskra, Student Employment Coordinator
     Holmes Hall 1 (Lower Level), Room 004
   Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
                  (309) 556-3299

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction                                               4
Eligibility for Student Employment                         4
Student Employment Classification Overview                 4
Accepting or Declining Your Student Employment Award       5
Outside Scholarships                                       6
Required Employment Forms                                  6
Tax Information                                            7
Free Market Student Employment                             7
Obtaining a Position                                       7
First-Year Student Workers                                 8
Returning Student Workers                                  8
International Student Workers                              9
Job Transfer Policy                                        9
Resident Assistant and Sodexo Student Manager Positions   10
Community Service Positions                               10
Wage Information                                          11
Time Cards                                                11
Earning Limits                                            12
Paychecks                                                 13
Earnings Summaries                                        14
Illness/Injury Policy                                     14
Student Employee Evaluations                              14
Termination                                               14
May Term Employment                                       16
Holiday and Break Employment                              16
Summer Employment                                         16
Student Worker Rights and Responsibilities                16
Student Employment Hours Monthly Schedule                 19
Time Card Due Dates & Pay Dates                           20

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Introduction

The Student Employment Program at Illinois Wesleyan University provides a valuable benefit to
eligible students by assisting them in finding opportunities to work in student employment
positions. These opportunities provide financial assistance and help students gain valuable
employment experience. Student employment opportunities, which are awarded by the
Financial Aid Office, are redeemed as wages for work performed in qualifying jobs.

Most student employment positions are located on campus, but some opportunities are
available in local community-based, non-profit, and/or governmental community service
organizations. Both on-campus and off-campus work experience help students develop a
variety of skills including communication and interpersonal skills. These skills, along with the
skills gained through academic course work and extra-curricular activities will prove to be very
useful in preparing students for future careers.

The Student Employment Program is one of the many services provided by the Financial Aid
Office, located in Holmes Hall 1 (Lower Level). If you have questions regarding student
employment, please contact the Student Employment Program Coordinator at (309) 556-3299.

This Handbook will answer many of the questions that you may have regarding student
employment, and as a participant in the Student Employment Program you will be held
responsible for all of the information in this handbook.

Eligibility for Student Employment

Each academic year, students who qualify for the Student Employment Program are awarded a
Federal Work-Study Opportunity, Employment Opportunity, No Need Job Opportunity, or
International Student Job Opportunity as part of their financial aid award package. The
Financial Aid Office determines the amount the student may earn. Not every student receiving
financial aid is awarded an employment opportunity as part of his or her financial aid package.
Students working under the Student Employment Program may earn only the amount stipulated
by the employment opportunity award in their financial aid package. Students cannot continue
to work under the program once they have reached their earnings limit (employment opportunity
award amount). Eligibility for student employment can change each year depending on family
financial circumstances. Therefore, award amounts may differ each academic year or even be
removed entirely.

Student Employment Classification Overview

Federal Work-Study Opportunity – The Federal Work-Study Program was created under the
Federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to provide part-time employment for college
students who qualify determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA). Because of the title of this employment opportunity, students may think that they will
be paid to study while at work at their student employment position. This is not true. The
program was designed to give students the opportunity to work so that they can afford to attend
college to study. Therefore, students with this type of award will have the same expectations to
perform tasks while at their employment position as with all other students that are awarded an
employment opportunity. This employment opportunity award is based on financial need and is
subsidized by the Federal Government making it available only for the academic year. Students

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with this award can be employed at an on-campus position or at an off-campus community
service site and earn wages up to the amount stipulated by the employment opportunity award
in their financial aid package.

Employment Opportunity – This employment opportunity award is based on financial need as
determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is
financed directly from university departmental budgets and available only for the academic
year. Students with this award can be employed at an on-campus position or at an off-campus
community service site and earn wages up to the amount stipulated by the employment
opportunity award in their financial aid package.

No Need Job Opportunity – This employment opportunity award is not based on financial
need and is awarded to first-year students during the admissions process. It is financed directly
from university departmental budgets and available only for the academic year. If students are
not initially awarded this type of job upon admission to the university, it is likely they did not
qualify for it and will not receive it in future years. If the employment opportunity is awarded and
not used during the first year of enrollment, the student will not receive the employment
opportunity award in future years.

International Student Job Opportunity –This employment opportunity award is based on
financial need as determined by the results of the CSS Profile and is awarded to first-year
students during the admissions process. It is financed directly from university departmental
budgets and available only for the academic year. If students are not initially awarded this type
of employment opportunity upon admission to the university, it is likely they did not qualify for it
and will not receive it in future years. If the employment opportunity is awarded and not used
during the first year of enrollment, the student will not receive the employment award in future
years.

Payroll – This employment type is used to pay students who do not qualify for any of the above
awards but are approved to work in certain departments on campus. A limited number of
students not awarded an employment opportunity, who possess specialized skills needed for
specific positions, may be approved to work on campus. These positions include, but are not
limited to, foreign language tutors, faculty assistants, and lab assistants. These positions are
not guaranteed and must be approved by the Student Employment Advisory Committee.
Students who work during breaks, holidays, May term, and summer will work as payroll
employees. An exception can be made for holiday and break periods. (Please read the Holiday
and Break Employment section on page 15 for more information.)

Please note: Due to the limited employment availability on campus, priority of available
employment positions is given to students with an employment opportunity in their financial aid
package during the school year. Because of this, all payroll positions MUST be approved
through the Student Employment Advisory Committee before students will be allowed to start
working.

Accepting or Declining Your Student Employment Award

A student who receives the Federal Work-Study, Employment, No Need Job, or International
Student Job Opportunities is not obligated to participate in the Student Employment Program.
You will be required to accept or decline your employment opportunity award each year through

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your MyIWU portal.

If you decline the award, but accept and start work in a student employment position, the
employment opportunity award will automatically be reinstated. If you accept your employment
opportunity award, but do not secure employment by October 1, the Financial Aid Office will
cancel your employment opportunity award for that academic year. If you secure a position
after your employment opportunity award has been cancelled, the award will be reinstated.

Because Federal Work-Study or Employment Opportunities are based on financial need, it is in
your best interest to take advantage of utilizing the award. While the wages earned from these
employment opportunities awards will be considered as part of your adjusted gross income on
the next year’s FAFSA, they will be excluded from your earnings used in the calculation to
determine your eligibility for need based aid in the future years.

If you choose not to work the first semester, you may decline a portion of your employment
opportunity award amount and postpone looking for employment until second semester. By
choosing to do so, you are limiting yourself to the availability of open positions. You may also
choose to decline your employment opportunity award for the entire year. Doing so will not
impact your student employment eligibility in future years in most cases.

If you are a first-year student who was awarded either a No Need Job Opportunity or an
International Student Job Opportunity, it is important to note that if your employment opportunity
award is not utilized during your first year of enrollment, it will not be awarded again for future
years. If you have accepted your student employment opportunity award and then decide you
either do not want to work, or cannot work, the employment opportunity award amount can be
replaced with a loan if your employment opportunity was awarded based on financial need.

Loan requests are not guaranteed approval. If you choose to replace your student employment
opportunity award amount with a loan, and then later secure an employment position, part of
your employment opportunity award amount will be reinstated and the same amount of loan will
be removed from your financial aid award package and returned to the lender. This could affect
your account in the Business Office requiring you to pay the amount owed.

Outside Scholarships

Any outside scholarships that you receive and report to the Financial Aid Office may reduce
your employment opportunity award amount or loan amount. If your employment opportunity
award amount is reduced by an outside scholarship, you will remain in your employment
position until you have earned the new reduced employment opportunity award amount.
Outside scholarships typically reduce one semester of your employment opportunity award
amount, or in some cases may reduce the entire employment opportunity award amount that
makes you eligible to work on campus. Please forward documentation of outside scholarships
to the Financial Aid Office immediately so we have the most up-to-date and accurate records.

Required Employment Forms

All students who have accepted the employment opportunity award offered in their financial aid
package, and expect to work, are required by law to complete a Federal W-4 form, State W-4
form, and Department of Homeland Security I-9 form before they can be authorized to start

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working. Students are also required to present documents that verify both identity and eligibility
to work in the United States.

The Internal Revenue Service requires that W-4 forms be completed by all employees to
determine the correct amount of Federal income tax to be withheld from your pay. If your name
or address changes, or if at any time you would like to change the number of allowances you
are claiming, a new W-4 form must be completed to update this information. These forms can
be obtained in the Financial Aid Office in Holmes Hall 1 (Lower Level). These forms usually
need to be completed only once during your academic career at Illinois Wesleyan University if
you continue working every year. If you claim exempt from withholding on the W-4 form
however, you will be required by law to complete a new W-4 form each calendar year as
long as you continue to claim to be exempt from withholdings.

All student workers must meet the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act as
amended by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. It requires that all students who
work on campus at any time must complete the I-9 form. The law also requires that the
employer review and verify a document or documents that establish both identity and eligibility
for employment. Several documents may serve these purposes. Please refer to the backside
of the I-9 form for a list of acceptable documents.

Please note: All documents used to establish identity and eligibility must be the original,
with exception to the birth certificate, which can be a certified copy, if not the original.

STUDENTS WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED TO WORK IN A STUDENT EMPLOYMENT
POSITION UNTIL THIS DOCUMENTATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED AND VERIFIED.

Tax Information

W-2 forms, which report the employer's yearly summary of withholdings for tax filing, are sent
from the Business Office on or before January 31 of the following calendar year. You will be
given the option to receive the form by e-mail or through the mail. You are responsible for
reporting this information on your federal and state tax returns.

Free Market Student Employment

Illinois Wesleyan University does not place students in student employment positions. A list of
employment openings can be found online at http://php.iwu.edu/stujobs/. Eligible students are
responsible to seek student employment positions and interview on their own. The definition of
“eligible student” remains the same: i.e. any student is eligible for the Student Employment
Program who has been awarded a Federal Work-Study Opportunity, Employment Opportunity,
No Need Job Opportunity, or International Student Job Opportunity as part of their financial aid
awards.

Obtaining a Position

It is our hope that students are able to secure a position that is related to their academic
program and career goals. However, a student employment position can be enjoyable and
beneficial even if it is not specifically related to your field of study. Keep an open mind when
choosing an employment position. All student employment positions will help you gain a better

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understanding of the dynamics of the working world and most will help you develop these
essential job skills: computer, writing, decision-making, customer service, communication,
problem solving, teamwork, personal responsibility and time management. Even if your student
employment position does not relate directly to your career interests, you should try to make the
most of your opportunity in this position. If possible, supervisors may offer their student
employees the opportunity to expand routine jobs to encompass new responsibilities and areas
of interest. The more initiative you demonstrate at your employment position, the more likely it
is that your supervisor will trust you and assign you higher-level tasks.

A list of employment openings can be found online at http://php.iwu.edu/stujobs/. Students are
encouraged to start applying immediately. You should apply for as many positions as possible.
Applying for a position does not guarantee you a position or an interview. Please understand
that there will be several students applying for the same positions. Due to the number of
applicants, students are not guaranteed a response from the supervisors. If you did not contact
supervisors and secure a position from the openings available online before arriving on
campus, it is your responsibility to contact supervisors and complete employment applications
as soon as possible after arriving on campus. The majority of the positions available are
through Sodexo Campus Services (food service) or Physical Plant (maintenance). There may
be other openings available; however, these two departments typically have the highest number
of student employment positions available.

First-Year Student Workers

If you are a first-year student and want to participate in the Student Employment Program, you
must accept your student employment opportunity award by returning your signed financial aid
award letter to the Financial Aid Office or log in to the MyIWU portal and accept your award
online.

All student employees are required by law to complete a Federal W-4 form, State W-4 form,
and Department of Homeland Security I-9 form before they can be authorized to start working.
Students are also required to provide documents that verify both identity and eligibility to work
in the United States. Please return these completed forms, along with the required documents
for verification, on move-in day in August. The Student Employment Program Coordinator will
have a table set up at the Hansen Student Center. You can also bring the completed forms to
the Financial Aid Office anytime during regular business hours.

You are encouraged to attend the Student Employment Orientation meeting held the week of
Turning Titan: New Student Orientation. You will receive information regarding the Student
Employment Program policies and procedures. If you are offered a position, but have not
completed the I-9 and W-4 forms by submitting documents for verification, you will not be
authorized to start working until the forms are completed.

Returning Student Workers

If you are a returning student and want to participate in the Student Employment Program, you
must accept your student employment opportunity award each year by returning your signed
financial aid award letter to the Financial Aid Office or log in to the MyIWU portal and accept
your award online.

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It is the returning student’s responsibility to obtain an employment position before the end of the
academic year for the upcoming academic year. It is possible to remain in the same student
employment position from year to year, but there is no guarantee that you will be able to return
to the same position. Your supervisor is the person who can approve or deny your continued
employment if it is determined that you are eligible for the Student Employment Program again.
If you are not able to return to your previous employment position, or are interested in switching
to another position, available openings for the next academic school year will be posted on the
website during the spring semester of the current school year.

When you secure a position, be sure to ask the number of hours you will be expected to work,
as you may need to secure another position to avoid an hour shortage. If you do not secure a
position by the end of the academic year, you are still given the opportunity to work the
upcoming academic year (if eligible); however, there is no guarantee regarding the
timing/availability of open positions at the beginning of the upcoming academic year. As
previously stated in the Accepting or Declining Your Student Employment Award section, your
employment award will be removed from your financial aid package if you do not secure a
position by October 1. The Student Employment Program Coordinator will send notification of
this change to you.

International Student Workers

International students awarded an International Student Job Opportunity by the International
Student Financial Aid Committee are eligible to work on campus only. If this committee does
not award an employment opportunity in your financial aid package upon admission, it is
unlikely that you will be able to work on campus. As with all other employees on campus,
International students are required to complete the required I-9 and W-4 forms. Please refer to
the Required Employment Forms section in this handbook for more information. International
students may also be required to complete a non-resident tax return. International students
should contact the International Office in January for more information about filing this return.

International students have federal restrictions concerning the number of hours that can be
worked per week. The restriction is 20 hours per week during periods of enrollment and 40
hours per week during breaks. While the Federal policy is 20 hours per week, university policy
limits all students to 10 hours per week during periods of enrollment and 40 hours per week
during break periods. It is important to be aware of the hours you are working to ensure you
earn the full amount of your award and do not exceed your awarded amount. It is the student’s
responsibility to monitor their earnings. This information is available to the student from their
supervisor(s) and the Student Employment Program Coordinator.

Remember that as an International student, you must obtain special permission from the
Immigration and Naturalization Service if you find it necessary to work off campus. Please
check with either the International Office or the Student Employment Program Coordinator for
more information or any questions you may have regarding student employment.

Job Transfer Policy

If you do not have the opportunity to work in the position of your choice during the academic
year, you do have the option of transferring to a different position for the following year. If you

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have an employment opportunity award in your financial aid package, and both parties request
each other, you will be approved for that particular employment position.

Excessive job changing does not reflect positively on your employment record. This is true on
and off campus. Although situations do exist where a transfer is necessary, we encourage
students to stay with their initial employment position as long as possible. The number of
student employment positions available on campus is limited. Therefore, if you would like to
transfer to a different position, you should initiate this at the end of the semester and continue
to work in your current position to reduce the risk of falling behind on your earnings. If you
leave your position before the end of the semester without obtaining a new position, it will be
assumed that you are choosing to decline the unearned portion of your employment award. If
you do transfer jobs, you must notify the Student Employment Program Coordinator of this
change.

Resident Assistant and Sodexo Student Manager Positions

Returning students have the opportunity to work as a Resident Assistant or Sodexo student
manager, but cannot do both. Choosing to work either of these positions replaces the student
employment opportunity award (if eligible) in your financial aid package. If you choose to take
one of these positions, you will receive either free room or free board as payment, making it
against university policy to participate in the student employment program. However, if you are
an R.A. or a Sodexo Manager and are requested to work at a position based on your
specialized skills, the department supervisor must go through the appeal process to seek
approval. If approved, you will be allowed to work only one of these payroll positions up to a
maximum of 5 hours per week.

ALL jobs must be approved through the Student Employment Program Coordinator.

Community Service Positions

The regulations for the Federal Work-Study Program require that a certain percentage of an
institution's Federal Work-Study funds be spent employing students in employment positions
that provide community service. Community service employment positions provide services
that are designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income
individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs. Federal Work-Study
Community Service Programs allow students the opportunity to serve the community, learn new
skills, and earn Federal Work-Study wages at the same time.

The wages that will be paid for working in these community service positions will be paid using
Federal work-study funds. These funds are subsidized by the Federal Government and are only
eligible to students that are awarded a need based employment opportunity. Therefore, only
students who are awarded a need based employment opportunity award (Federal Work-Study
Opportunity or an Employment Opportunity) in their financial aid package are eligible to apply
for these positions. Students who are awarded a No Need Job Opportunity or an International
Student Job Opportunity in their financial aid package are not eligible for these positions
because their employment opportunity award is not based on financial need and is paid using
only university funds.

Since the community service sites are off campus, the pay rate is currently $1 more per hour

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than on campus positions to accommodate travel expenses.

Please note: You will need a form of transportation to get to some of these sites.

Currently the following community service sites employ Illinois Wesleyan University students
through the Student Employment Program:

Bloomington Public Library: A variety of positions are available including the circulation desk,
interlibrary loan, and the children’s room. The library is approximately 1 mile from campus.

Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal: The Boys & Girls Club is a non-profit
organization that prides itself on being a safe place for kids that is supervised by paid
professionally trained staff who offer fun and engaging programs for Club members at an
affordable price. The Clubs offer a wide variety of programs to meet the needs of various ages
and interests, such as leadership development and volunteering opportunities, homework help,
computers, games, sports, dance, swimming, photography, arts and crafts, discussion groups,
college prep, youth employment, movie making and delinquency prevention. The club is
located a little more than 2 miles from campus.

America Reads: Former President Clinton instituted an initiative for every American child to
read well and independently by the end of elementary school. Institutions of higher education
nationwide have been given increased Federal Work-Study money to invest toward a program
tutoring children to read. Illinois Wesleyan University students can participate in this program at
several local schools that serve as our America Reads tutoring sites. At these sites, lWU
students help young children develop language skills necessary for beginning reading
development. Illinois Wesleyan University students will tutor elementary and/or middle school
students in reading activities. This is a unique opportunity for students to combine community
service with paid work, while assisting children in gaining the skills so important to education
and success in their futures. A mandatory training session is provided on campus for this
employment position. Illinois Wesleyan University student employees will also need to have a
background check performed as well as a TB test done in order to work in the schools.

The following are the current schools that are our America Reads tutoring sites:

      Bent Elementary School – This site is approximately six blocks from campus.
      Sheridan Elementary School – This site is approximately 2 miles from campus.

Wage Information

All student employees will earn $8.25 per hour for positions on campus and $9.25 per hour for
community service positions. Students will be paid once per month starting in September.
Federal guidelines limit the amount you may work over your employment award amount. If your
supervisor and/or the Student Employment Program Coordinator verify that you are working
significantly over the amount of your employment award amount, you may be contacted to
adjust your hours or in some cases discontinue working. Your earnings will be evaluated after
your final pay date in April and if you have significantly exceeded your employment award
amount, your financial aid could be reduced in accordance with these guidelines. If your
financial aid is reduced, your account in the Business Office could be affected and you will be
required to pay the owed amount.

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Time Cards

Payroll for the Student Employment Program revolves around the time cards used to record
your time worked, so please follow the instructions carefully and submit your time cards to your
supervisor by the due date listed in this handbook. If payroll records are incomplete, neither you
nor we will know whether you are working an appropriate number of hours.

The Financial Aid Office cannot issue timecards until students complete the I-9 and W-4
forms. Timecards are mailed to each department before the first of each month. Each work
location will have a system for tracking the time that you work. Some locations will have you
self-report the time that you work while other locations will use an electronic device for time
collection. It is your responsibility to record your time properly and your supervisor’s
responsibility to verify the time you record. You should never have another person log the time
you are reporting as time worked for you. If it is determined that someone else has logged the
time that you recorded as time worked for you, you could be terminated immediately.

If your supervisor has you self-report your work time, please record your work time each day in
ink before leaving your place of employment for the day. For students using another method of
time collection, the supervisor will attach this information to the time card. At the end of the
pay period, sign your time card and give it to your supervisor. It is your responsibility to submit it
to your supervisor promptly. It is your supervisor’s responsibility to then sign your time card and
submit it to the Business Office by the due dates listed in this handbook. It is a good idea to
keep a separate personal log of the time you work in case a time card is lost, or there is a
question after the cards are submitted.

Late time cards will be paid on the next pay period – no exceptions. The Payroll Office
only processes payroll once per month, so if you have failed to submit your time card to your
supervisor on time, or your supervisor fails to submit it to the Business Office on time, you will
have to wait until the next pay period to receive payment.

Time cards will not be processed without proper signatures. If signatures are missing from
a time card that has been submitted on time, it will be returned to your supervisor for the proper
signature(s). If this happens, the card will then be considered late and payment will be issued
on the next pay date. Please remember that falsification of hours on time cards is grounds for
immediate termination. To protect yourself, NEVER handle your time card after your supervisor
has signed it.

Earning Limits

Based on your financial need, you will be assigned either full- or partial-year employment
eligibility. Full-year is considered about 10 hours per week ($2400). Partial-year is considered
about 5 hours per week ($1200). You have the opportunity to earn up to this amount during the
academic year. The amount of your employment award listed in your financial aid package is
based on gross earnings. Please see page 19 of this handbook for more information on the
breakdown for earnings. Working more than this amount per week will affect the rate at which
you earn your award.

Work in some departments may be cyclical, meaning that certain times of the year are busier

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than other times. If this is the case, students may be required to work more than 10 hours per
week during busy times and then asked to work fewer hours during the not busy time. If this is
the case, please work with your supervisor to balance your hours as to not work more than your
job opportunity award amount.

Once you have reached the amount of employment award offered in your financial aid package,
you will be contacted to stop working immediately. Having to stop working can cause your
supervisor and the department to be left without the necessary help that they need, so please
work closely with your supervisor(s) to monitor how many hours you are working to make sure
that you will not earn your maximum award before the academic year is over. You can also
contact the Student Employment Program Coordinator to help monitor what you have earned.
Choosing to work fewer hours will not affect your eligibility for student employment for future
years, nor will it affect your bill.

Students who qualify for the Student Employment Program may only work the 5 to 10 hours per
week needed to earn the amount awarded in their financial aid package If you secure an
employment position that offers the maximum amount of hours for your employment award,
only that one employment position will be allowed. Some employment positions cannot offer
full-time hours so working in two or more employment positions is permitted as long as it does
not require you to work more than the maximum amount of your award in total. If two different
departments are interested in employing you for the hours allowable by the amount of your
award, you must choose which employment position you prefer to work or split the hours
between the two departments. Occasionally, a student will be requested to work a
specialized employment position beyond the maximum amount of hours they are
allowed to work based on their award. The department supervisor must go through an
appeal process to seek approval for a student to work that employment position. If
approved, the student is only allowed to work up to 5 hours per week at that employment
position, for that academic year. No student will be allowed to exceed 15 hours per
week.

If there is room in your financial aid budget to increase your student employment award amount
to allow for these hours, this will automatically be done. If that is not a possibility however, the
employment position will be classified and paid as a payroll position.

Paychecks

Before the first month that you are scheduled to be paid, you will want to determine the manner
in which you will be paid:

    Paychecks released directly to you
    Paychecks released directly to you and then sign them over to the Business Office as a
   tuition payment
    Paychecks directly deposited to your bank account

If you choose to have your paychecks released directly to you, checks will be available for pick
up at the Business Office window in Holmes Hall. You may be required to show ID to verify your
identity before the check will be released. Starting in September, paydays will be on the
10th of each month or the Friday before, if the 10th falls on the weekend. If you would like
to have your check directly deposited to your bank account, you will need to complete a direct

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deposit form, which is available in the Business Office or on the Business Office page on the
Illinois Wesleyan University website. Your paycheck will be directly deposited to your account
on the specified pay dates and the payroll information will be e-mailed to you. Taxes may be
deducted from your student employment earnings. The federal and state W-4 forms you must
complete before working notifies the Payroll Office of the number of allowances you will claim,
which affects the amount of taxes withheld. If you need to change the number of allowances
you previously claimed, please complete a new W-4 form available in the Financial Aid Office.

Earnings Summaries

About 1-2 weeks after payday, your supervisor will receive an earnings report for all students
working in their department as part of the Student Employment Program. This report informs
the supervisor of the amount each of their student employees has earned through the last
month of pay as well as the number of hours that each student employee is eligible to work for
that supervisor. In order for the earning report for each supervisor to be accurate, it is the
student’s responsibility to notify the Student Employment Coordinator if they are working more
than on position so that their award can be distributed appropriately. If you want to know how
much you have earned, or how many hours that you have remaining to work to be sure that you
do not exceed the amount that you were awarded, you can check with your supervisor or the
Student Employment Program Coordinator.

Illness/ Injury Policy

Students who are unable to work for an extended period due to illness or injury must inform
their supervisor and the Student Employment Program Coordinator immediately. There are no
paid benefits for these situations. If you are unable to make up the time missed by the end of
the academic year, you may request loan assistance for the remaining balance ($100 minimum)
if your employment award is based on need. Approval is not guaranteed.

Student Employee Evaluations

Your supervisor will be asked to complete at least one student employee evaluation during the
spring term. The evaluation asks supervisors to evaluate employees in areas such as attitude,
attendance, responsibility, initiative, and other areas necessary to describe you as an
employee, and allows the supervisor the chance to make personal comments. This evaluation
will be placed in your permanent student employment file in the Financial Aid Office. To help
you become aware of the skills you have acquired and the skills that may need further
development, it is wise to ask your supervisor to share this evaluation with you. Although the
evaluation is confidential, you have the right to review it with your supervisor.

Termination

The termination policy of the Student Employment Program involves two areas: resigning and
firing. In either case, you should discuss your situation with your supervisor and the Student
Employment Program Coordinator, if necessary.

Resigning
Most supervisors hope that student workers will remain in their employment position throughout

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the academic year, and return for the following year, if eligible. However, changes in class
schedule, academic pressures, or other factors may make such a commitment impossible.
Academic concerns seem to be the most frequent reason students quit their employment
positions. You must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) to receive financial
aid, including student employment. (Please refer to the university catalog for the
satisfactory academic progress guidelines.) If you begin to fall behind in your studies,
consult your supervisor and/or your academic advisor to determine how you can reverse this
trend. If you decide that both working and performing well in your classes is not possible and
you want to resign from your employment position, you may end your employment using the
following procedure:

   1) Inform your supervisor and give two weeks’ notice of your final workday.
   2) Notify the Financial Aid Office in writing by completing a Financial Aid Package Revision
      Form. If you have employment eligibility based on financial need, you may request to
      replace it with a loan. ($100 minimum). Approval is not guaranteed.

Firing
Firing does occur for a variety of reasons. If your supervisor is not satisfied with your
performance, he or she is encouraged to discuss the concerns with you and to specify a period
of time in which you are expected to improve. If you are unable to meet the supervisor's
expectations, you may anticipate being terminated. Supervisors are encouraged to provide both
written and verbal warnings to students and asked, but not mandated, to provide at least one
warning before terminating a student. A copy of the written warning is kept in the student’s
permanent student employment file in the Financial Aid Office.

Acts of serious misconduct will not be tolerated and may result in an immediate release from
employment. Circumstances that warrant immediate termination may include:
    Breach of confidentiality.
    Repeated absences without notification to the supervisor.
    Willful, deliberate, or negligent acts that cause serious disruption in the continuity,
        efficiency, or safety of the department.
    Fraudulent reporting of hours worked. (Deliberate falsification of hours or other
        employment records may be considered a federal offense and is punishable by law.)
    The unauthorized possession, distribution, use of, or being under the influence of
        alcohol, marijuana, or other non-prescription drugs or controlled substances during
        working hours.
    Theft of university property or the personal property of a student, staff, or faculty
        member.
    Harassment.
    Serious disregard of university rules.
    Gross incompetence.
    Insubordination or refusal to perform assigned tasks.

Terminations will be reported to the Student Employment Program Coordinator and may be
reviewed by the Student Employment Advisory Committee. Depending on the severity of the
circumstances surrounding the termination, you may lose your privilege to participate in the
Student Employment Program for the rest of the academic year or permanently. Notice of
termination will be kept in your permanent student employment file in the Financial Aid Office.

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You have a great deal of control over your performance at your employment position.
Communication is the key to employment success as well as a good relationship with your
supervisor. Your performance may rest on your understanding of tasks, rules, and
expectations. When in doubt, ask your supervisor for clarification, information, expectations,
and procedures. Appropriate behavior, attitude, time management, and communication with
your supervisor will assist you in maintaining your campus employment position and a good
employment history.

May Term Employment

If a student works during May term, the employment is classified as a payroll position at the pay
rate of $8.25 per hour. Hours worked during May term cannot be used to fulfill student
employment hours that the student was not able to work during the school year, and will not be
counted toward the hours worked under the Student Employment Program.

      Students who have graduate are allowed to work up to thirty days after graduation which
       makes them eligible to work during May term.
      International students who graduate in the spring and want to work during May term
       must have permission from the International Office, as their visa may not allow them to
       do so.
      Returning students must be enrolled in a May term class or be returning for classes in
       the following fall semester, to be eligible to work during May term.
      A student not enrolled in a May term class that wants to live in the residence halls while
       working, must notify the Office of Residential Life that they will be working on campus.
       In addition, they must work at least 100 hours at a university paid department for the
       entire May term period to not be charged room fees.
      All students working May term should not work more than 40 hours per week.

Holiday and Break Employment

Due to security and housing issues, there are minimal opportunities to work on campus during
designated holidays and breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break, etc.). If a student
is authorized by their supervisor and the Office of Residential Life to work during any of these
times, it will be classified as a payroll position at the pay rate of $8.25 per hour. However, it is
possible to use this time to catch up on student employment hours. To do this, a student
must notify the supervisor and the Student Employment Program Coordinator in the Financial
Aid Office.

Summer Employment

There are some payroll positions available during the summer months for all current students at
Illinois Wesleyan University who will be in the area and are enrolled and registered for classes
for the upcoming fall semester. Summer hours usually start right after the May term period and
end in August the day before school starts. Available positions will be posted on the student
employment website http://php.iwu.edu/stujobs/ starting in April. The pay rate will be $8.25 per
hour unless otherwise noted. Students will be paid bi-weekly during the summer. Students
must have proper supervision, so working from home or away from campus is prohibited. Since
graduated seniors can only work up to 30 days after graduation, they are not eligible to work
over the summer as a student employee. A supervisor must obtain approval through the Human

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Resources Office to employ a student who has graduated.

Student Worker Rights and Responsibilities

      A student employee at Illinois Wesleyan University with an employment award in his/her
       financial aid package must be a full-time student enrolled in a degree-granting program
       at the university, in good academic standing, and making satisfactory academic
       progress toward the completion of a degree. You are responsible to uphold these
       requirements.

      You have the responsibility of completing all required paperwork and must have
       possession of a valid social security number. You will not be authorized to begin work
       until you have completed the federal and state W-4 forms and I-9 form.

      You have the right to know what is expected of you at your position, including but not
       limited to: who to report to, what tasks to perform and how to perform them, if you are
       performing your assigned tasks adequately, how to improve your performance, and
       what procedures you must follow. Your supervisor will give you the details of your
       specific work duties. The quality of your work will determine your chances of
       maintaining your employment position. Always give your best effort.

      You are responsible to carry out the work duties assigned to you at your student
       employment position. Homework, studying or any other non-work or personal activity
       should be done on your own time. Computers, copiers, and other office equipment and
       supplies, are for work assignments only and not for personal use. Personal phone calls,
       including calls on your personal cell phone as well as texting, are discouraged. When
       assigned tasks are completed, consult your supervisor for your next assignment.

      Work hours must be scheduled so that they will not conflict with any of your academic
       classes or responsibilities. Regulations prohibit students from working during their
       scheduled class times so establish a work schedule with your supervisor that does not
       interfere with your classes and one that you can commit to keep. It is your responsibility
       to report to work for your scheduled hours agreed upon with your supervisor on a
       consistent basis. Some positions may require specific hours, which cannot change to fit
       your class schedule. Discuss the flexibility of work hours with your supervisor before you
       accept the position to avoid future problems. If you know that you will have another
       commitment in a certain semester, bring this up during the interview so that you and the
       supervisor are clear on expectations.

      You will be permitted to take a 20 minute unpaid break no later than 5 hours after the
       start of your shift if you are required to work for 7.5 continuous hours or longer.

      You have the responsibility to inform your supervisor as soon as possible if you are
       unable to work your scheduled hours for any reason.

      You are responsible for working the appropriate number of hours if you intend to earn
       your full employment award amount. This means working all of your assigned hours
       and making up any time that you miss. This also applies if you leave campus early
       before breaks, during finals week or your weekend work hours conflict with break

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weekends. If you are ahead or behind on the amount you should be earning, you may
    want to talk to your supervisor about adjusting the number of hours you are scheduled
    to work. While supervisors are not required to assign make-up hours, they may allow
    you to work extra hours to catch up if there is work available to do so. It is ultimately the
    student’s responsibility to monitor these earnings and to arrange to make up missed
    shifts if necessary, not the supervisor's. You may contact the Student Employment
    Program Coordinator or your supervisor if you have questions about your total earnings.

   You have the responsibility to accurately record the number of hours you work on your
    time card daily, and sign and submit it to your supervisor at the end of the pay period in
    a timely manner. Timecards may not be held, and must be turned in for the appropriate
    payroll period.

   You have the right to be paid for hours actually worked. You are not eligible for sick,
    vacation or holiday pay, snow days, meal times, or other fringe benefits. In order to
    protect the employee, the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act prohibits employers from
    accepting volunteer hours from any employee they have hired for pay. Therefore, you
    may not volunteer additional hours to any department or employer that has hired you for
    pay. You may not volunteer to do any task similar to duties you perform anywhere on
    campus for pay. Employers may not suggest or require that you volunteer, and may not
    offer any reward or penalty for your volunteering or not volunteering.

   Acceptance of your student employment award carries all the responsibilities and
    commitments as in any other employment situation. It is your responsibility to follow
    rules set by the department supervisor that has hired you. This may include dress code,
    confidentiality, behavior, and public image. You are expected to be dependable, dress
    appropriately, be considerate and respectful of your employer and co-workers, and take
    your employment position seriously and perform at the highest level of your ability.

   It is your responsibility to report all accidents to your immediate supervisor or the
    supervisory person in charge at the time, as well as the Human Resources Office.

   You are considered an “at-will” employee. This means that you and/or your employer
    have the right to terminate or not continue your employment at any time. All student
    employees are hired for an indefinite period and may resign or be terminated at any
    time. Normally, supervisors will try to give employees an opportunity to correct less
    serious performance problems before being terminated. However, the nature of the
    problem, and/or the employee’s overall record, will determine the most appropriate
    action to be taken. Typically, supervisors choose a verbal or written warning, or
    probation, but immediate termination may be necessary. Please refer to the Termination
    section for more information. It is courteous to give proper notice of termination to the
    employer, usually defined as a two weeks’ notice. The Student Employment Program
    Coordinator is available to listen and intercede if you feel it is necessary, however, the
    supervisor and student must first attempt to work out any problems that may arise.

   It is your responsibility to follow all policies and procedures as defined in the Student
    Employment Program Handbook.

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2019-2020 Student Employment Hours
            Monthly Schedule
Remember that these totals are based on gross earnings.

The monthly hours schedule is listed below for the 2019-2020 academic year. This schedule is
provided to give students an estimate of the number of hours they should work each month to
meet the awarded amount by the end of the academic year. (Amounts are based on a $2400
award. Please divide amounts in half, for a $1200 award.). Also, if a student is working more
than one position, the “hours available to work” is the combined hours of all jobs.

If a student starts his or her employment position a few days before or after the semester
begins, they may have to adjust their hours at some point in the year to reach the gross
employment award that has been offered and not exceed it. It is important for each student to
remember that it is the student’s responsibility to keep track of their hours worked and
earnings.

                    Month              Estimated      Estimated         Estimated
                                         Hours          Gross        Total Earnings at
                                       Available       Earnings       End of Month
                                        to Work       for Month
             FALL SEMESTER                145                              $1,196
                 August                    10             $82               $82
                September                  40            $330               $412
                 October                   44            $363               $775
                November                   36            $297              $1,072
                December                   15            $124              $1,196

            SPRING SEMESTER              134**                             $1,206
                 January                  33             $297              $1,493
                 February                 37             $333              $1,826
                  March                   31             $279              $2,105
                   April                  33             $297              $2,402

                     Total                279                              $2,402

**Minimum wage increases Jan. 1, 2020 to $9.00 per hour, so Spring Semester is based on working 9
hours per week.

Students are not required to work Labor Day, Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Winter
Break, or Spring Break.

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2019-2020 Time Card Due Dates

        Pay Period          Time Card Due Date       Pay Date

      Aug. 26 – 31           Tuesday, Sept. 3    Tuesday, Sept. 10

      Sept. 1 – 30            Tuesday, Oct. 1    Thursday, Oct. 10

       Oct. 1 – 31             Friday, Nov. 1       Friday, Nov. 8

       Nov. 1 – 30            Monday, Dec. 2     Tuesday, Dec 10

       Dec. 1 – 13           Monday, Dec. 16      Friday, Jan. 10

     Dec. 14 – 31 *          Thursday, Jan. 1     Friday, Jan. 10

       Jan. 1 – 7 *           Monday, Feb. 3      Monday, Feb. 10

       Jan. 8 – 31            Monday, Feb. 3      Monday, Feb. 10

       Feb. 1 – 29           Monday, March 2     Tuesday, March 10

      March 1 – 31          Wednesday, April 1    Friday, April 10

       April 1 – 30         Wednesday, May 1       Friday, May 8

*Winter Break pay periods

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